Culture

Damned Whores and God’s Police: Facebook blocks anniversary promotion of feminist classic

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Author Anne Summers flabbergasted after Facebook tells her it does not allow ‘profanity’ in boosted posts promoting a conference on her pioneering Australian work The Guardian - Michael Safi @safimichael The technology has changed, but 40 years since the release of Anne Summers’s book Damned Whores and God’s Police, the controversy remains the same. Facebook has reportedly blocked Summers from “boosting” ... Read More »

Ancient Greek palace unearthed near Sparta dates back to 17th century BC

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Archaeologists discover palace with archaic inscriptions built during the Mycenaean period The Guardian -  Agence France-Presse Archaeologists in Greece have discovered the ruins of an ancient palace with important archaic inscriptions dating back to the Mycenaean age, the culture ministry said Tuesday. The palace, likely built around the 17th-16th centuries BC, had around 10 rooms and was discovered near Sparta ... Read More »

Christianity has no room for homosexuality

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Rev Dr Peter Catt and Dr Stuart Edser have offered a strange and misleading picture of the Christian faith. Despite claiming an allegiance to Christianity, their thesis has more in common with a late night ‘reality’ television show than with the teaching and work of Jesus Christ. Brisbane Times – Murray Campbell First of all, Catt and Edser would have us ... Read More »

Christian lobby group hails Hilton Hotel for removing on-demand porn from hotels

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Auckland: A decision to banish hardcore porn from Hilton hotel rooms will have its private dissenters but a New Zealand Christian lobby group says it’s high time the chain gave smut the flick. The Age – Family First has praised Hilton Hotels and Resorts for removing all on-demand pornographic videos from its properties, including hotels in Auckland, Queenstown and Taupo. ... Read More »

Amazon: Devastating expose accuses internet retailer of oppressive and callous attitude to staff

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Working four days in a row without sleep; a woman with breast cancer being put on “performance-improvement plans” together with another who had just had a stillborn child; staff routinely bursting into tears; continual monitoring; workers encouraged to turn on each other to keep their jobs. The Independent – Ian Johnston   Life at Amazon sounds bleak, according to a devastating, ... Read More »

Zen and the Art of Dying Well

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Fixes *- What is the “right” way to die? We’re experiencing a zeitgeist moment about that. “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End,” by Atul Gawande, is a best-selling book. The New York Times – By Courtney E. Martin Videos by Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old who wanted to die in a way of her own choosing, went viral ... Read More »

Is it time for ethnic quotas?

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As government tussles with gender representation, Fotis Kapetopolous asks whether cultural diversity targets should be on the table. OnLineOpinion - By Fotis Kapetopoulos There has been talk about increasing the number of women in Australia’s parliaments and in major political parties. The current Coalition Government’s front bench looks does not reflect 2015 in terms of female participation. Liberal MP Kelly ... Read More »

Australia’s $3b hangover: Alcohol and drugs causing 11.5m ‘sick days’

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Hangovers are causing 11.5 million “sick days” a year at a cost of $3 billion to the Australian economy, new research suggests. The Canberra Times – Julia Medew, Health Editor There are also fears that people who are mixing alcohol with amphetamines on the weekends are experiencing “Weepy Wednesdays” because of the delayed effects of their drug use, making them irritable and unreliable ... Read More »

Immigration: How much is too much?

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Economist Paul Collier on why he wants to slow down migration from developing countries and impose stricter controls. Video In this episode of Head to Head, Mehdi Hasan challenges Sir Paul Collier, the former head of Development Research at the World Bank, author of Exodus: Immigration and Multiculturalism, and professor at Oxford University, on the costs and benefits of migration. ””” People should ... Read More »